Singapore publisher to recall Chinese books with pentagram

A bloody pentagram was used to reference ‘shapes’ in a Primary 2 Chinese textbook. Photo: Themoltenbeacon/Reddit
A bloody pentagram was used to reference ‘shapes’ in a Primary 2 Chinese textbook. Photo: Themoltenbeacon/Reddit

A primary school textbook publisher said it had no idea that a pentagram symbol covered in blood signified evil.

Marlinsons apologized last night for a bloody pentagram used to represent “shapes” in a Primary 2 textbook meant for 8-year-olds and will recall all stock and reprint a less diabolical version.

“We are not aware that this is a satanist symbol and have used it in our books carelessly. We totally agree that our choice of picture is highly inappropriate and are appalled by this grave mistake.” The publisher told Coconuts last night.

It will also dispose of all existing stock.

This came after a very confused Redditor yesterday called out the section of the book that weirdly settled for a pentagram of all shapes. It was next to words such as a “triangle” and “scotch tape” that used more accurate and harmless visuals.

“We pledge to exercise greater care and improve our quality inspection system to prevent such mistakes from being made in the future,” it wrote.

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